DISCOVER THE HIDDEN WORLD OF PLASTIC RECYCLING AT FABCITY

FabCity is a self-sufficient micro-society, emerging April through June 2016 to explore current solutions to tomorrow’s biggest urban challenges – like plastic waste. CITIES brings a not-to-be-missed inside look into plastic’s grand potential.

A small island just off Amsterdam’s mainland is being transformed into a self-sufficient micro-society exploring the future of everyday living. It’s called FabCity – the cornerstone of the Europe by People official cultural program during the Netherlands’ EU presidency 2016.

Emerging for 10 weeks, FabCity will be packed with innovative pavilions, installations and prototypes. Welcoming thousands of visitors, hundreds of students, professionals, researchers, artists and creative come together to live, work, create, test and present solutions to urban issues such as energy, transportation, water, food and waste. Less about devising new ideas, FabCity is about sharing, and hopefully adopting, what is already available at our fingertips.

In line with our WASTED project, CITIES is organizing the Plastic Era at FabCity. Here, anyone can discover the hidden world of plastic recycling and its many possibilities.

WHY THE PLASTIC ERA EXPO AT FABCITY?

You’re probably in contact with plastic right now. Our society has a bit of an addiction to the material. We need it. And it makes sense; plastic is remarkable. It’s easy to use and relatively cheap. As a result, it’s everywhere. Even where we don’t want it to be.

Despite its challenges, plastic presents innumerable possibilities. At FabCity, we created the Plastic Era Expo to show how we can turn our plastic addiction into something positive. Visitors can discover a detailed glimpse of the unknown world of (local) plastic waste recycling.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE EXPO?

What can be done with locally recycled plastic? The short answer: A lot. The process starts with local plastic waste collection, which is key to fueling a more fruitful circle of sustainable plastic production and consumption. The process comes full circle with new recycled products, ready for consumption and another round of local recycling. At the Plastic Expo, we bring you into this world.

Visit the Plastic Expo to see the diversity of products innovative technologies have created using different types of plastic. The Plastic Expo puts these products – ranging from everyday objects to novel design items – on display in a two-part exhibition. One part exhibits recycled plastic products, each with an informational label listing, for instance, the type(s) of plastic it’s made out of. The other part shows you the different types of plastic recyclate used as raw material to create new products (provided by our friendly partners at NRK Recycling and the Dutch Recycling Industry). With these two parts, the process comes full-circle as you identify the raw materials used to create exhibited products.

You can visit the Plastic Era Expo Friday through Sunday, 11:00 – 24:00, 27 May through 26 June at FabCity, located on Java Island in Amsterdam.

WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING DURING FABCITY?

Have you heard about the WASTED Plastic Race? Before plastic turns into a new material or product (again), it has to be collected. To activate and promote local collection, we engage local communities in a plastic collection race. The goal is to reach 100% recycling in their neighborhood, and we track the progress on the side of the Plastic Expo for all to see. Visitors are welcomed to bring their own bags of plastic waste to support the racers’ efforts.

For more, watch the video below and find out about the WASTED Plastic Race here.

 

Created on 04 April 2016

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